JMARIES51's SparkPeople Blog JMARIES51's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community 2017 Looking Forward to Staying Healthy Wow, I can't believe it has been a year since I last blogged. Time really goes by so quickly, especially as we get older. <BR> <BR> Shortly before Christmas I had a total hysterectomy. Thank goodness nothing turned out to be cancerous and I am feeling so much better. In a couple weeks I will be able to return to total working out and I am looking forward to it. It is so funny how something you don't like doing all of a sudden becomes an obsession when someone tells you that you can't d... Mon, 23 Jan 2017 23:28:09 EST My Affirmations for Spark Guy's Challenge I have always been a big believer in positive affirmations and I am not sure why I have never tried writing out affirmations everyday for 6 months in order to achieve my weight loss goals. But I am now going do this for the challenge and am excited to see how it works for me. <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <img src="http://... Sun, 24 Jan 2016 20:00:42 EST I am the Motivation I Need <img src=""> <BR> This morning I was looking for a quote that would rev up my motivation. Some days I need a kick in the butt, other days I need a spiritual quote to keep me going. Sometimes I like to have something beautiful or sweet to think about. But today I needed to just know that I had everything inside of me that will keep me going. <BR> <BR> This week I have been thinking a lot about how I am and conti... Thu, 21 Jan 2016 14:16:57 EST The Joy of Walking <img src=""> I am so fortunate that I have a couple of great walking buddies. We walk 1/2 hour everyday (weather permitting). There are so many wonderful things that walking does for me but probably the most important thing is that it clears my mind. Sometimes I feel like I have a bit of anxiety when I get up in the morning, but after just a few minutes of walking I can feel that anxious feeling melt away. <BR> ... Mon, 11 Jan 2016 13:10:55 EST Juicing vs Smoothies <link><BR>nding-facts/ </link> <BR> <BR> We recently purchased a Nutri Bullet and I was a bit disappointed because I have always been under the impression that juicing is better than blending. So I decided to do a little research on this subject. <BR> <BR> Personally I think that I feel more satisfied from drinking smoothies. I can add protein powder and I like knowing that all of the fiber is part of my diet. But then I watched a video on juicing... Fri, 8 Jan 2016 13:37:15 EST Time to Start Sparking Again <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I have been kind of struggling keeping myself on track lately, so I know it is time for me to get back to sparking. Will blog more later when I have time. <BR> <BR> Hope you have a great day. Thu, 7 Jan 2016 13:25:14 EST Begin Each Day With New Enthusiasm <img src=""> <BR> I just came across this quote and thought it is perfect. No matter if today was fantastic or not, once you go to bed, it is over. Each day gives us another day to start fresh and new. How lucky can we be? <BR> Wed, 19 Aug 2015 00:10:39 EST The Other Side of Recovery <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Recently I was listening to a speaker talk about food addiction and how you can recognize that you have a food addiction. Of course none of this was new information for me because I have read almost every book on dieting, food addiction, binging, purging, etc. This has been the focus of my life for more than 55 years now, so I could probably write the book on most of these subjects. <BR>... Tue, 4 Aug 2015 15:17:28 EST I am that I am <img src=""> <BR> Today I am grateful that I am healthy, happy, and feeling the positive vibes. The most wonderful thing is that life is flowing freely. Good food, exercise, enough hydration makes me feel so alive. Tue, 4 Aug 2015 00:36:52 EST Getting Myself Back on Track 8/1/2015 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I have been ignoring my healthy lifestyle for a few months and I set today as the day to get myself back on track. <BR> <BR> Sat, 1 Aug 2015 12:40:08 EST A Little Tuesday AM Motivation <img src=""> <BR> I love waking up early and realizing how wonderful it is that I have a full new day to make little changes that will make me a little healthier than I was yesterday. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> Changes don't have to be huge. They can be tiny little baby steps, like adding 2 minutes of lifting weights, or parking your car farther away from the store, taking the sta... Tue, 28 Apr 2015 10:19:21 EST Feeling Healthy <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I am on a campaign to get my blood pressure under control. Last week I was given a prescription for blood pressure medication and I had a really bad allergic reaction to it, plus I felt really terrible during the 4 days that I took it. This was a real eye opener to me. Because of how horrible I felt, I am much more motivated to get my blood pressure under control by the most natural means possible. This means ... Sun, 26 Apr 2015 11:45:07 EST Blood Pressure For the past few days I have not been feeling very good. I couldn't put my finger on what wasn't quite right until this morning I decided to take my blood pressure. It was slightly elevated. I have been taking some antihistamines for the spring allergies and I think this is causing my blood pressure to rise a bit. <BR> <BR> It is amazing that just a few points can really change how a person feels. I have watched people who suffer from HBP over the years and have always thought that they... Wed, 11 Mar 2015 12:24:37 EST Granddaughters <img src=""> <BR> Yesterday my granddaughters met each other for the first time. They are 3 1/2 years apart so it will be awhile before they start playing together. It was so much fun to see how excited Anna (the older one) was to hold her cousin Ayla. Mon, 2 Mar 2015 12:00:02 EST What I Have Learned This Month <img src=""> <BR> <BR> This has been an interesting month of learning for me about my emotional eating. After being on the Dr Oz Total 10 for 2 weeks, I slowly added foods back into my diet. That all went pretty well until I added in bread. Then all of the cravings started up again. I tried to do this all methodically so that I could learn what pushes my craving buttons and it definitely is simple carbs. When I eat just a small am... Wed, 25 Feb 2015 12:37:43 EST Dr Oz Total 10 Transition Just a quick note to say a few words about the Total 10 transition. I have added just a few foods back into my meals and so far haven't had any ill effects. I have added 1 piece of whole wheat, whole grain bread to breakfast, and a very small amount of brown rice to lunch or dinner. And also I have added a couple meals with a small amount of cheese and milk. <BR> <BR> What I have noticed is that I started having some carb cravings after adding the bread back into my meals. It hasn't be... Sun, 8 Feb 2015 17:46:25 EST Listening to Recovery Workshop <BR> I wanted to quickly share with everyone a free online recovery workshop that is available over the next few days. I have listened to a couple of the videos and there is some inspiring and motivational information. If you find you can't access it, you might need to try another browser. <BR> <BR> Hope everyone is having a wonderful day. <link> </link> Fri, 6 Feb 2015 12:36:06 EST Eating Low Carb - Day 19 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I am on the low-carb bandwagon. After finishing up the Dr Oz - Total 10, I was really kind of worried about how to keep my momentum going. Somehow I seem to do really good following strict rules, but when the rules start to widen and give me more choices, I get a little off track. And then all of a sudden I am back to my old eating patterns. <BR> <BR> So I decided to start doing a lot of reading around the sc... Sat, 31 Jan 2015 11:22:26 EST Finishing Total 10 and Moving On to Maintenance Yesterday was day 14 for Dr. Oz Total 10 quick weight loss diet. And since I am feeling so good I have decided to move onto the maintenance plan. The term maintenance is used here to mean maintaining eating low carb and low fat proteins, lots of veggies, and slowly adding fruits and dairy back in at amounts that will still allow you to lose 1 pound to 2 pounds a week. <BR> <BR> I am a little bit nervous to change my eating patterns - just afraid of opening up those cravings again. I thi... Tue, 27 Jan 2015 16:19:28 EST Day 12 Dr. Oz - Total 10 <img src=""> <BR> I am totally sold on low carb. Or maybe it is the elimination of dairy that has helped me get out of the rut that I have been in for all of 2014. Whichever it is, hopefully I will be able to discover as I add foods back into my diet. <BR> <BR> What I do know is that I am feeling so much better physically, mentally and spiritually. Yes, it is even helping me feel more spiritual. How is that, you might ask? Well,... Sat, 24 Jan 2015 12:49:15 EST Day 10 - Dr Oz Total 10 (Long blog about the journey) <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I got started on the Dr Oz Total 10 by asking myself what I really wanted for myself in 2015. Since I retired last year I have been trying on a lot of different hobbies and asking myself if I really want to stay retired or go back to work part time? My plan was always to help my son out in his new business adventure, but in truth I know that the best thing for both of us is for me to stay out of his bu... Thu, 22 Jan 2015 12:07:22 EST Day 8 Dr Oz Total 10 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Starting day 8 today of Dr Oz Total 10 diet. My mind is starting to think ahead to next week and what comes next. I am beginning to feel better with the low carb eating but I still do miss the carbs. The sweet cravings have subsided, though, and I am very thankful for that. <BR> The instructions for the maintenance plan are to start adding back the food groups slowly one week at a time. <BR> <BR> "Week 1: Lo... Tue, 20 Jan 2015 11:19:50 EST Day 7 Total 10 Today I woke up with a cramp in the arch of my foot. Ouch! But I always take that as a warning that I am not getting enough hydration or potassium. <BR> <BR> Other than that I am feeling pretty energetic today. Hopefully the worst of the "low carb flu" is behind me and now I can start feeling the benefits of eating more healthy. <BR> <BR> My mental attitude seems to be more cheery and ready to meet the demands of a busy day. I am anxious to get out and exercise in the sunshine. Our ... Mon, 19 Jan 2015 12:00:14 EST Day 6 - Thank you Sparkfriends <img src=""> <BR> Day 6 and I am still feeling a bit of weakness this morning, but not as bad. Hopefully it will pass quickly once I get my breakfast eaten. <BR> <BR> I just wanted to say a huge thank you to all of your encouragement. It really does help to know that people care and take the time to say it. Sometimes I visit blogs and see all of the comments and feel like it won't make a difference if I leave a comment or not, but no... Sun, 18 Jan 2015 12:24:22 EST Day 5 - Dr Oz - Total 10 Today I am feeling more energy and at the same time when I haven't eaten for a couple hours I can really start feeling an odd sort of down feeling. I have been drinking lots of green tea to counterbalance this low. <BR> <BR> One of my Spark friends mentioned low carb flu <link> </link> and now having read it, this is exactly how I am feeling. Gosh I love Sparkpeople. Always here with info when you need it. <BR> <BR> Anyway, I am going to endure this and ho... Sat, 17 Jan 2015 17:34:38 EST Day 4 of Total 10 - Check in <img src=""> <BR> I just got out of bed an hour ago, but this is how I am already feeling and that is after 8 hours of sleep. Hope this feeling passes soon. <BR> <BR> What I have read is that the body is in the process of eliminating toxins and the best thing to do is to drink lots of water and green tea. <BR> <BR> Not much else to report except that yesterday I did feel quite hungry in the evening. I was so thankful to have the... Fri, 16 Jan 2015 12:18:59 EST Day 3 of Dr Oz Total 10 Just a short check in here. Today I am feeling a bit more fatigued and having more food cravings. I am fighting this by drinking the broth and drinking water. From what I have read things get better after the 3rd or 4th day. <BR> <BR> It is interesting that when I don't eat sugar and a lot of carbs I can really feel the effects of the food that I do eat. I wonder if that has something to do with blood sugar levels. I will have to ask my doctor next time I see him. <BR> <BR> Hope ev... Thu, 15 Jan 2015 15:47:19 EST Dr Oz - Total 10 Rapid Weight Loss <link><BR>oad-plan </link> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I am not big on diet plans, but after reading and hearing about this eating plan, I decided to give it a try. It requires eliminating dairy and most carbs for the first 2 weeks. Since I had eaten quite a bit of pastries over the holidays I was looking forward to getting my sweet tooth under control again, and this looked like it might be a simple w... Wed, 14 Jan 2015 17:59:34 EST Day 100 -- This IS HOW I LIVE I can honestly say that I am happy to make it to day 100 - There are many moments that I thought I would give up along the way. But I committed to 100 days and that is what I did. <BR> <BR> Now the part about the weight loss. I lost 10 pounds this entire time. That isn't huge, but it is better than gaining. What I really wanted to do was to stay motivated during this fall and the start of the holiday season. I am not sure that I can say I have felt motivated to lose weight. What I do... Fri, 19 Dec 2014 23:28:34 EST Day 99 - It's Not In Here Today is day 99 of 100 days of weight loss. The exercise today is about making signs that will stop you from emotional eating. Linda Spangle suggests putting a sign on your fridge or cupboard that says, Not In Here. I have tried this in the past and found that I don't even look at the sign. You know how it is, easy to ignore what you don't pay attention to. <BR> <BR> For me I have found that positive sayings catch my eye and pictures of things and people that are important to me. I hav... Thu, 18 Dec 2014 13:04:00 EST Days 98 New Year's Resolution <img src=""> <BR> <BR> In today's lesson we asked to write a New Year's Resolution, but with a different twist. We are to assume that we have reached our goal weight - The date is: <BR> Dec 17, 2015 - <BR> <BR> I now weigh 135 pounds. <BR> <BR> I am pleased with my new amount of energy and ability to move my body. I love feeling confidant when I am out moving through the world. <BR> <BR> My body feels healthy and slim. <BR> <B... Wed, 17 Dec 2014 16:16:58 EST Day 97 - Use What Works <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Today's lesson is about going back and looking over what has worked for me in the past and then pull out those great strategies and do them again. <BR> <BR> Here are the strategies that work best for me: <BR> <BR> 1. Stay consist - this happens when I chart everything. That means that I write down all the food I am consuming in the day, all the exercise that I am doing, and chart all the other goals th... Tue, 16 Dec 2014 11:31:17 EST Day 96 What Will It Take? <BR> <img src=""> <BR> Are you have trouble staying one track with your goals or intentions? Today's lesson is about breaking your goals down into smaller steps that you can accomplish easily. So for instance, I have an intention to gain more strength in my knees. So what I am doing in order to achieve this is that while I am walking I will stop and do some knee bends while holding onto my walking stick. Also, when I am getting out o... Mon, 15 Dec 2014 17:33:41 EST Day 95 Set Your Intentions I love today's lesson. It is about setting intentions and then setting specific actions that will help you achieve them. In this lesson intentions could be used interchangeably with goals. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Today I set an intention to get more strength in my legs. My first action was to do a few knee bends because I find that it is getting harder for me to get down on my hands and knees to clean. So I will do a few ... Fri, 12 Dec 2014 18:02:58 EST Day 94 Three Columns of Weight Loss In today's lesson we once again go back to the beginning and take a look at evaluating our days. This is a tool to help with maintenance. The days will fall into one of three columns: <BR> <BR> 1. Weight loss - a day when you know you have managed to stay within a restricted amount of calories, had proper hydration, and have expended the right amount of energy. <BR> <BR> 2. Maintain - a day when you eat healthy, exercise, and know that you have not overeaten, but have eaten a few extra ... Thu, 11 Dec 2014 11:52:38 EST Day 93 20- year Plan <img src=""> <BR> <BR> In today's lesson we are asked to create a plan that will work for the next 20 years. Since I am about to turn 64, I imagine planning for 20 years is a bit unrealistic, but that's ok. Maybe if I have a great healthy plan I will have 20 healthy years ahead. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I am not going to write my 20 year plan here, but basically it will... Wed, 10 Dec 2014 17:05:48 EST Day 92 Accept The Solution <img src=""> <BR> <BR> As I come to the end of the 100 days of weight loss, I find that the lessons are drawing me to a point of knowing that my weight loss and healthy living is a journey that will be ongoing for the rest of my life. My job here is to either accept the solution of living healthy or accept that I will be obese for the rest of my life. Linda Spangle has a sentence that puts it into perspective: <BR> <BR> "Look at it t... Tue, 9 Dec 2014 12:51:05 EST Day 91 - Obesity Is a Condition In today's lesson Linda Spangle writes about obesity as a condition, not unlike other health problems that a person might have to learn to manage and live with. Although this is not new news to me, I am always kind of taken aback when I really think about this excess weight on my body as a condition that I will live with for the rest of my life. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Since I have lived with this condition since I was aroun... Mon, 8 Dec 2014 12:57:13 EST Day 90 Live "as if" Today we get to go back to yesterday's exercise and pick one of the items on the list and all day long act "as if" the thing is true. The item I am picking is - smiling and laughing at all of life. <BR> <BR> I like to call today's exercise the day of: <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> When I was in medical assisting school we had to come to class everyday dressed in our uniform for the office. We had to role play everyday for a year and a h... Fri, 5 Dec 2014 11:35:20 EST Day 89 At My Best I Am.... Today's lesson is about remembering the times when you felt at your very best and then make a list. Read the list out loud and read it often. Put the list in a place where you can reach for it and read it whenever you are feeling your confidence dropping. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I was just thinking that this is kind of like writing a resume for hiring yourself to be your own best friend. <BR> <BR> When I am at my best I... Thu, 4 Dec 2014 18:57:15 EST Day 88 - I DO CARE! <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Everyday - day in and day out - it is difficult to keep up the motivation to care about eating healthy and exercising, especially when it hasn't been set up as a lifestyle. And truthfully I bet even people who are absolute health freaks have times when they would like to eat a something unhealthy or not exercise. <BR> <BR> For today's lesson we are asked to make a sign that says I DO CARE. And when you feel tha... Wed, 3 Dec 2014 13:37:26 EST Day 87 Old Habits Today's lesson is about getting rid of old habits that are not serving your healthy lifestyle. The exercise is to write a list of the old habits and then go back and write how you will change this behavior so that you don't fall back into that old habit. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Some of the old habits that I have managed to break are: <BR> <BR> 1. Eating ice cream every night at bedtime <BR> 2. Eating a piece of chocolate j... Tue, 2 Dec 2014 13:29:24 EST Day 86 Minimize the Damage I love that I am now on day 86 of the 100 days of weight loss and today's lesson. This lesson is perfect for the holiday season and any other unexpected days that could be filled with over indulgence. <BR> <BR> What we are to do today is to come up with 3 ideas of how to deal with these situations. My ideas are this: <BR> 1. When preparing a dessert for a party, choose to make something that I don't like. Yesterday I made an apple cake with raisins for a birthday party. I dislike rais... Mon, 1 Dec 2014 13:45:29 EST Day 85 - LET IT GO! <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I had to laugh about today's lesson. My granddaughter loves the song "Let it Go" from the movie Frozen. She will sing it over and over and over again. And she acts out the parts of the princess (or is it a queen?). When I actually googled the lyrics to the song I was pleasantly surprised at what a great lesson there is in this song. <BR> <BR> Anyway, to get back to Let It Go on our 100 days of weight loss -... Sun, 30 Nov 2014 13:42:47 EST Day 84 The Expectation Square Today's lesson is about widening your expectations in life to avoid disappointment. <BR> <img src=""> <BR> You are to draw a small square and write all of your expectations in it. And then draw a larger square where you can rewrite the expectations with adding a wider view that could also be ok. The gist of this assignment is that with fewer disappointments in life, a person might feel less frustrated and this will help dissolve some... Sat, 29 Nov 2014 12:48:40 EST Day 83 No More Deprivation Today's lesson is about deprivation. When learning to eat healthy and change your habits to good choices a person can feel deprived of the food that they used to eat. A really good example of this is Thanksgiving holiday. When I was young we used to start Thanksgiving in the morning with donuts and scrambled eggs. Then for lunch we had homemade dinners rolls and fruit salad. During the day we would munch on chips and dips and cheeses. Then the big dinner would be full of salads, rolls, ... Wed, 26 Nov 2014 12:41:53 EST Day 82 Last-straw Eating <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Today's lesson of last straw eating is a continuation of yesterday's lesson on chain of events. This is where you end up eating something totally unplanned and probably more than you would want to because you are kind of at your whit's end. <BR> <BR> For me this usually happens at a time when I am really tired. Since I have retired this isn't really something that happens during my day. I spend a lot more ti... Mon, 24 Nov 2014 13:14:12 EST Day 81 Unhook the Chains I have taken a couple of days to think about Day 81 before I blogged about it. In the lesson for today we are asked to take a serious look at the chain of events that leads us to an emotional eating event. What you do is trace back from the event and ask what happened, and what else and what else. Once you have identified the problem you can come up with a solution to change the outcome. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> The reason ... Sun, 23 Nov 2014 12:47:38 EST Gone But Not Forgotten <img src=""> <BR> Today would have been my Mom's 92nd birthday. She was a great lady and her legacy lives on through her children, grandchildren, and great grandchildren. <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <img src=""> Sat, 22 Nov 2014 15:17:15 EST Day 80 Get a New Title I am my own SUPERHERO! This was the title I gave myself the last time I worked through 100 days of weight loss, and I still think it applies to me today. <BR> <BR> As a SUPERHERO I am able to walk and jog as many minutes and hours and miles that I want. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> As my own SUPERHERO I only need to look as far as a mirror to see the person that I know will help me through the toughest times. I meet my daily c... Thu, 20 Nov 2014 11:40:07 EST